Hylas 54 Review
The Hylas 54 has a well-earned reputation for strength, comfort, and quality construction, systems and hardware. Designed by German Frers and built by Queen Long. While no longer in production, the Hylas 54 remains one of the most popular choices for cruising couples with ambitions of distant cruising. Versatile and fast, the yacht is exceptionally capable in a variety of sea-states.
The Hylas 54 is most commonly cutter rigged with a Selden triple spreader aluminum stoway mast, a desirable option popular among many is the in-boom Leisure furling main. The modern cutter sail plan provides a wide range of selections to fit all sailing conditions. Ease of operation is provided by thoughtful leads of sheets and halyards along with electric or hydraulic furling mainsail, staysail, and headsail.
The hull is constructed of fiberglass-twaron, a carbon aramid fiber with alternating solid FRP glass layup. The glass is hand laid with no core and utilizes vinylester resins and isophthalic gel coat for superior protection against osmosis and hull blistering. The deck is cored with end grain balsa except in high-load areas such as deck fittings where it is solid. The hull and deck joints are chemically and mechanically fastened with a wide flange and 3M 5200 and stainless steel bolts on 4” centers with backing plates. Interior bulkheads are tabbed on all sides. Massive floors create a rigid hull with plenty of athwartship support. The fin keel is solid lead and bolted to the hull with 35mm stainless steel bolts, which in turn are supported by an 8mm stainless steel backing plate.
The spacious cockpit contains U shaped seating with a very comfortable seat and backrest cushions and a solid teak varnished table with teak drink holder. Impressive custom pedestal/instrument pedestal and custom switch panel allow for monitoring navigation instruments and on deck equipment and lights. Watertight collision bulkhead forward with independent overboard drainage. Watertight stern sections across aft lazarettes and stern locker with integral swim platform and transom steps.
Two deck mold options were offered – the standard deck or commonly called the deck saloon, and the higher profile raised saloon. The deck saloon offers a ‘sleek’ profile with less steps leading fore and aft of the main saloon while the raised saloon option allows more natural light into the main saloon with slightly taller windows and the ability to carry extra fuel and water in the tanks.
While each Hylas 54 could be tailored to the original owner’s specifications, most offer a three-stateroom interior arrangement with large aft master with ensuite head and stall shower and two guest cabins forward with a second head ensuite to the v-berth and accessible from the passageway. The galley is expansive, with 11’ of counter space along the passageway to starboard. The main salon mid-ship is bright and airy with settee to starboard and dinette to port. Adjacent to port of the companionway is a sizeable nav station. Some are configured with a forward facing nav station with bookshelves and cabinetry aft while others are outboard facing with walk-thru access to the aft stateroom. Cabinetry can be louvered, flat-faced, or raised panel depending on personal taste. Most are finished with a satin varnish while some have a brilliant high-gloss finish on the solid teak joinery. The cabin sole is most commonly solid teak with holly inlays and a gloss varnish finish but many of the late models were finished with bamboo with teak inlay giving a lighter appearance to the interior.
This initial design concept for the Hylas 54 was with the cruising couple in mind. The smart design and careful consideration of all aspects of the yacht make this an immensely popular choice for many. The 54 is relatively available on the brokerage market and common on many sailors ‘short list’ for good reason.
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